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Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour Away From Tourist Crowds

  • Waterfalls during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour Waterfalls in the park during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour
  • Karen hill tribe family during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour Karen hill tribe family during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour
  • Bungalows in the park near the Karen village during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour Bungalows in the park near the Karen village during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour
  • Early morning view from the highest mountain in Thailand during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour Early morning view from the highest mountain in Thailand during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour
  • Hmong village growing flowers, Srirbhum waterfall during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour Hmong village growing flowers, Srirbhum waterfall during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour
  • Trail through the cloud forest during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour Trail through the cloud forest during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour
  • Karen women walk to their fields during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour Karen women walk to their fields during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour
  • Hiking to the waterfalls near the bungalows and village during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour Hiking to the waterfalls near the bungalows and village during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour
  • Learning to weave in the village during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour Learning to weave in the village during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour
  • Water buffalo under house in the Karen village during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour Water buffalo under house in the Karen village during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour
  • Rice fields at the bungalows during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour Rice fields at the bungalows during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour
  • Village rice mill during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour Village rice mill during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour
  • View from Wat Thaton Temple during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour View from Wat Thaton Temple during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour
  • Long tail boat on the Mae Kok River during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour Long tail boat on the Mae Kok River during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour
  • Lahu mountain village near Thaton Thailand during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour Lahu mountain village near Thaton Thailand during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour
  • Crystal Pagoda at Wat Thaton Temple during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour Crystal Pagoda at Wat Thaton Temple during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour
  • Garden Home bungalow Thaton Thailand during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour Garden Home bungalow Thaton Thailand during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour
  • Rice fields near the Mae Kok River during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour Rice fields near the Mae Kok River during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour
  • Mae Kok River Thailand during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour Mae Kok River Thailand during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour
  • Yao hill tribe home near Thaton Thailand during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour Yao hill tribe home near Thaton Thailand during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour
  • Eating lychee with family a Garden Home bungalows Thaton during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour Eating lychee with family a Garden Home bungalows Thaton during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour
  • Lahu hill tribe village store during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour Lahu hill tribe village store during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour
  • Pigs in a Lahu village during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour Pigs in a Lahu village during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour
  • Shan Buddhist Temple Thaton Thailand during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour Shan Buddhist Temple Thaton Thailand during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour
  • Water buffalo in the river during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour Water buffalo in the river during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour
  • View from Wat Thaton Temple Thailand during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour View from Wat Thaton Temple Thailand during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour
  • Monks getting alms in Thaton Thailand during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour Monks getting alms in Thaton Thailand during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour
  • Bird watching at waterfalls during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour Bird watching at waterfalls during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour
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Tour starts in Chiang Mai and offers the most beautiful scenery and friendliest people in Thailand.

Overnight cottage in the National Park, small Thai town with comfortable family atmosphere, friendly Chinese hamlet

Includes visiting Karen, Lahu and Akha hill tribe villages, private long tail boat ride.

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As this is a private tour with local Karen hill tribe guide, you will have lots of time to discuss with your guide the local hill tribe life and the surrounding forests. You will meet his family and partake in daily life. Your guide will also discuss with you the different trails and their difficulty and you can then decide which trail to hike and for how long. Your guide is also a bird watching expert so seeing colorful rare birds is possible. The bungalows are owned and run by the local village so you will be involved with them during the entire time. There are many things you can do with your guide and villagers during their daily routine. If you wish you can work at the fish farm, learn how to weave, work in the fields, roast coffee beans and much more. This can all be discussed with your guide once you arrive at the bungalows in the park. The itinerary below can be changed to meet your desires.

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Doi Inthanon National Park

FREE airport or train station - hotel transfer in Chiang Mai.

Day 1
We will meet in Chiang Mai and depart by private air conditioned mini van for Doi Inthanon national Park. We will visit the summit of of the highest mountain in Thailand. We then take a short hike through the real cloud forest. We then travel by vehicle to another trail for a beautiful 3 hour easy hike trough old growth forest. You guide will show you the different edible plants and medicines. The views are spectacular and animals such as Civet and deer have been seen. We then visit a Hmong Hill Tribe Market then have lunch at the Royal Project with all organic food. We then walk through the Project to a beautiful waterfall, gardens and the Hmong Hill Tribe village.


Hiking in the forest video during
Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour


Visiting hill tribe villages and waterfalls video
during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour

We then go to your bungalow near a Karen Hill Tribe village. Here your local guide and his family will make dinner for you. After dinner you will have a camp fire in front of your bungalow. The bungalow has hot shower and western style toilet. (L,D)

Day 2
This morning after breakfast at the bungalows we depart for a 2 hour hike along beautiful waterfalls the tour the karen hill tribe village with you guide from the village. From here we drive 3 hours north to Chiang Dao Cave Shrine for a short walk through the cave. We then travel through Fang valley and have lunch in Fang. We then visit a rice mill in Mae Ai then overnight in Thaton at Garden Home Bungalows. (L,D)

See the videos below


Chiang Dao Cave Shrine video
during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour

All you can eat Thai meals

All you can eat Thai meals
during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour

Garden home bungalow
Garden Home Bungalow
River view at Garden home bungalows
View of river from Garden Home Bungalow
Hill Tribes

Day 3
This morning wake early to visit the market then give alms to the monks walking the streets. We then return to the bungalows for breakfast then we visit a primitive Lahu hill tribe village and the temple with a wonderful view of the town, river valley below and surrounding mountains.We then travel high into the mountains to the small hamlet of Laolee and the small Laolee resort with excellent views of the tea plantations on the mountainsides and Chinese style homes for the evening. We will visit the hoe of General Laolee who fought against the communists in China and visit the Tea factory. Tonight you will enjoy an all you can eat Yunnan style Chinese dinner.(B,L,D)

Visiting hill tribe villages video
during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour


Sunrise form Wat Thaton Temple video
during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour


Primitive Lahu hill tribe village video
during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour

Day 4

This morning we visit a Yao hill tribe village then a Shan hill tribe village famous for cotton weaving and then a short drive to Mae Salak. Here we will take a private long tail boat ride through the mountains to Chiang Rai stopping at a hot springs and Akha Hill Tribe village along the way. Lunch at little Pattaya on the river in Chiang Rai. Here our vehicle will meet us and arrive back in Chiang Mai with lunch along the way by 5 PM. (B,L)

End tour. This is a private tour

Accommodations:

Private bungalows with fan or Air Conditioning (air conditioning not needed because of the cool temperatures in the park), 2 queen sized beds in each room, western style toilet with hot shower, fresh clean large bath towels, shampoo, soap, in room coffee and tea. 2 and 3 bedroom bungalows and triple rooms available.

Long tail boat ride video
during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour


Our Bungalow in Thaton Thailand video during
Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour


Visiting a Tea plantation and factory video
during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour

Doi Inthanon Bungalow view

Bungalow Porch View video
during Thailand Hill Tribe and National Park Tour

About Baan Mae Klang Luang Village at Doi Inthanon National Park:

Ban Mae Klang Luang is an ethnic community of Karen (or Pa Paa Ka Yor in ethnic Karen). The fourth highest peak of Doi Intanon (Intanon Mountain) is in the boundary of this village. This peak is situation at an elevation of 1,88l meters above sea level. The forest landscapes in Ban Mae Klang Luang area is coniferous forests alternate with hill evergreen forest. Important flora found in this area is the triple colored "Poo Ka Dueng" rhododendron. Apart from the view of lush green forests, a beautiful 360 degree vista at the peak is magnificent.

The community-based eco-tourism management(CBT)model/approach of Ban Mae Klang Luang and of the network in the other 3 villages is through the "Community-based Eco-tourism Club." The CBT Committee is set up in each of the 4 villages; i.e., Ban Mae Klang Luang, Ban Paa mon, Ban Nong Lom, and Ban Ang Kaa Noi. The CBT Club is operated as cooperatives, which community members are the share holders and receive dividends yearly. All of these communities offer a wide range of eco-tourism activities. These include indigenous museum, nature learning tour through trekking along nature trial, a home-stay service, bird watch in its natural habitat through the application of local wisdom of Pa Paa Ka Yor (ethnic language of Karen). The network had also established necessary ground rules for both the tourists and the villagers to observe.

Mae Klang Luang is situated on the way to Doi Intanon, just before reaching its peak. A view of the terraced hillside of this village is so magnificent that the tourists cannot resist stopping the car to get a full view or to take photos of the beautiful scenery. As accommodation facilities in Doi Intanon National Park became increasingly crowded with Thai visitors, particularly during holiday seasons or during the transition period of season change from rainy season to cold season. Reservations for accommodations can be made only through the CBT members and shareholders.

All Thailand Experiences is a member of CBT and shareholder in the bungalows. All dividends from the shares go toward the school lunch program in the villages.

The learning processes of eco-tourism management involve the following steps:

  • 1) Development of knowledge in eco-tourism;
  • 2) Analysis of potentials in eco-tourism development, and preparation of work plan and development approaches;
  • 3) Community preparation for eco-tourism development processes;
  • 4) Implementation of eco-tourism development activities/processes;
  • 5) Monitoring and evaluation of community-based eco-tourism management and operations in the community;
  • 6) Revising and making adjustment for further development.

All of these steps make the whole development cycle, from initial development to adjustment and improvement for further development according to the most current situation of eco-tourism in each community. Most importantly, community members must be involved in each and every step of its development, management, and operations.

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